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Women and Girls Increasingly Left Out of Education, Public Life in Afghanistan After Taliban Takeover

HeadlineSep 20, 2021

Most secondary classes in Afghanistan resumed without female students, as their fate remains unclear under the new Taliban leadership, who only explicitly ordered male students to return to the classroom. Some boys refused to attend class until all students were allowed to return. Meanwhile, the new Taliban mayor of Kabul told female municipal employees not to come into work. On Sunday, women activists rallied in front of the building which used to house the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Kabul — an agency the Taliban has done away with.

Taranum Sayeedi: “You cannot suppress the voice of Afghan women by keeping girls at home and restricting them, as well as by not allowing them to go to school. You cannot suppress the voice of Afghanistan’s women. By turning the Ministry of Women into a Ministry of the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, you cannot suppress Afghanistan’s women.”

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reports at least seven people were killed after a series of blasts in Kabul and in the eastern city of Jalalabad Saturday. ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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